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Old 05-01-2008   #1
Denver, Colorado
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Creek Boat suggestions

I currently paddle a Diesel 75 and I am looking for a new creek boat. I am 200 lbs so I need some volume, but I want something with more rocker and maneuverability than the Diesel. It seems like edgy creek boats are the way of the future. Any suggestions?

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Old 05-01-2008   #2
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Habitat and Burn if you're looking for more volume with edges. Maybe the new Hero.

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Old 05-01-2008   #3
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Habitat 80

I paddled the Diesel 75 for a couple of years and loved it. That edge is like no other for snapping into and out of eddies. She tracked well but I found I was going through holes instead of over them. The hull on that Habitat helped alot. It climbs well and lands even better. Having a bit more of a displacement hull is so much nicer on the back on the flatter landings. Still has a bit of an edge. Nothing like you are coming out of but more than most. Love the volume in comparison to the Des.The placement was well thought out. Not too wide, not too tall. Still not going to get rid of the Diesel as it has its place. If you need to track in big water it is still the boat, but give the Habitat a try.
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Old 05-02-2008   #4
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FWIW I weigh in the same and dig my megarocker. Only paddled it on Pine Creek low water and #s but it's fast, nimble for its size and it has so much volume I feel like I'm gliding across the water, not actually in it. Could really load it up for overnights.
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